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Norma 200gr Ammo -- Today's Gun Show Find!

Discussion in 'The 10 Ring' started by flyandscuba, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. Woo Hoo! After setting up my table -- and before the show opened to the public this morning -- I made my cursory walk through and stopped at a table manned by an old co-worker.

    Low and behold -- I see three boxes of Norma 10mm Auto ammo on his table. It was the 200gr FMJ stuff rated at 1200 fps and 639 ftlbs. I see $9 listed on the boxes. As I begin to picked them up -- he says, "I have more". All total, I snagged 11 boxes (220 rds) of the stuf for $7 per box!

    I cut my 10mm Auto teeth on this stuff back in the 80's. Although we have Double Tap, Cor-bon, Buffalo Bore and Underwood to satisfy my full-power 10mm appetite -- I was pleased to get a stock of this very high quality ammo for a great price.

    My Glocks will love it -- and the brass will make excellent hand loads for multiple loadings... :supergrin:
  2. Sounds like a blast!

    I have to ask that you run a few over a chrono for comparison.

  3. Ethereal Killer

    Ethereal Killer

    Aug 24, 2011

    you should donate a box or two of that for someone to reverse engineer or something. it's a rare opportunity to pull down the rounds to find out what they were doing and what powder they were using.

    I'd be willing to buy a box of it from you if you'd sell it.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2012
  4. _The_Shadow

    _The_Shadow Ret. Fireman

    Jul 23, 2007
    Southeast, LoUiSiAna
    The powder that Norma used to make the 10mm stuff was discontinued as best I understood...However LongShot, IMR800, Blue Dot, Power Pistol or AA#9, can yield the 1200 fps mark.

    The Cartridge has better value as a collectible novelty... :)
  5. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    keep an eye on the cases, I had a few that split down about 3/8 from the front of the case.


    Oct 19, 2008
    Good find! I picked some Norma 170 grain up at a show a few years ago.
  7. VN350X10


    Apr 13, 2001
    McHenry, IL
    From what I've been able to learn, the old Norma 10MM was loaded with a non-canister grade of N350 Vhit.
    An awful lot of Norma ammo uses Vhit. powders, as it's clean, consistant & accurate, while making serious power.
    You can make the 1200 fps threashold with a 200 gr jacketed bullet with avalilable Vhit. N-350.
    Just don't use data from the Vhit. #1 manual, it's a bit TOO hot ! #2 & later are fine.

    uncle albert (note screen name...for a reason!)
  8. WeeWilly


    Nov 12, 2011
    I wish I had the number 1 load guide. The latest stuff on the new website just sems to get lighter and lighter, this may seem somewhat paraniod but it feels like it gets lighter everytime I log on, the projected velocity (for some of the powders), way off.

    Fortunately I have some printed copies I downloaded a few years ago.
  9. VN350X10


    Apr 13, 2001
    McHenry, IL
    Trust me, the #1 was EVIL !

    Several calibers had a problem with the data, I believe it was in the conversion of grams to grains. Much Bad JuJu !!!
    My personal experience with the 10MM data yielded ammo that was so far out of spec.
    I sent some samples from my 1st lot to a friend in engineering @ SR&Co. He sent them to a friend @ H.P.White labs.
    Results for 10 samples...78K-82K psi. Brass goes plastic @ about 80K.
    It was DOUBLE of the old spec of 40Kpsi. My G20 is no worse for wear, but the KB on the 7th round I fired got my attention.
    Did I mention that this was at the published STARTING LOAD !!

    Like I said, #1 is EVIL. Never did put it over a chrono, but I have some of it left & have a 10MM Contender barrel.......some day...

    uncle albert